HOA Issue #8: Ravine erosion threatens property, homeowners file lawsuit

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to a homeowner lawsuit recently filed in Fort Bend County, Texas, Weston Lakes POA won’t address serious erosion problem in their drainage ravine. Joe and Jill Nixon purchased what they thought was their dream home in Riverwood Forest at Weston Lakes in July 2015. But within less than a year, the Nixons discovered a serious threat to their Fort Bend County property. Their backyard is rapidly eroding, with Continue ReadingHOA Issue #8: Ravine erosion threatens property, homeowners file lawsuit

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Ravine erosion threatens property, homeowners file lawsuit

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to a homeowner lawsuit recently filed in Fort Bend County, Texas, Weston Lakes POA is not addressing a serious erosion problem in their drainage ravine. Joe and Jill Nixon purchased what they thought was their dream home in Riverwood Forest at Weston Lakes in July 2015. But within less than a year, the Nixons discovered a serious threat to their Fort Bend County property. Their backyard is rapidly Continue ReadingRavine erosion threatens property, homeowners file lawsuit

HOA, Condo, Co-op Stormwater and Flood Headaches (Nov. 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   STORMWATER ISSUES LEAVING CITY UP A CREEK (AL) by Emily Featherston September 22, 2017 Excerpt: Vestavia Lake, which sits on private property owned by the Vestavia Lake Homeowners Association (VLHA), has lost between three and six feet of depth in the last 20 years, according to homeowners Tommy McCain and Alan Arrington. That loss of depth, according to numerous studies by independent engineering and environmental firms, is the Continue ReadingHOA, Condo, Co-op Stormwater and Flood Headaches (Nov. 2017)

Water Woes: HOA storm water, flood, erosion headaches

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Since the 1970s, local governments have allowed – usually required – private developers to incorporate storm water control systems into newly constructed subdivisions of all types and sizes. Ongoing maintenance of retention ponds, drainage basins and swales, canals, weirs, dams, culverts, and related infrastructure has been assigned to private homeowners associations. For municipalities and counties, privatizing storm water management saved money by shifting cost burdens from taxpayers at Continue ReadingWater Woes: HOA storm water, flood, erosion headaches